WILDFIRE, “Rented Room on Broadway,” Pinecastle. 12 tracks.
Wildfire was formed in 2000, when four former members of J.D. Crowe’s New South began working as the house bluegrass band at Dollywood — Dolly Parton‘s east Tennessee theme park.
After two years there, they hit the bluegrass circuit, playing festivals and concert halls across the country.
Today, band members include Robert Hale, Curt Chapman, Greg Luck, Chris Davis and John Lewis.
All but Chapman are vocalists as well as instrumentalists.
Hale wrote the first track, “Home Again,” about a man who’s been gone too long and finds he doen’t fit in in the city, and “Three,” about a man who finds that there’s about to be an addition to his family.
Most of the songs are bluegrass versions of country and pop hits from years ago.
From the pop charts, there’s The Boxtops‘ 1967 hit, “The Letter”
Country hits include Loretta Lynn‘s “They Don’t Make ‘Em Like My Daddy Anymore” from 1974, Cal Smith‘s “The Ghost of Jim Bob Wilson” from 1976, Mel Street‘s “Small Enough To Crawl” from the 1970s, Keith Whitley‘s “I Get The Picture” from 1985 and “A Bible and A Bus Ticket Home” from Collin Raye in 1994 and Confederate Railroad in 1998.
There’s the gospel of “Driving Nails” and the bluegrass of Carter Stanley‘s “Nobody’s Love Is Like Mine” and Elmer Burchett Jr.’s “Dollar.”
Another good album by a good band.
Look for it in stores on Dec. 9.
Or go to http://pinecastlemusic.com/wildfire/